When it comes to my work at Mindscholar, it is more than just a job to me…
There is a genuine reason as to why I am so passionate about helping students access their full learning potential.
I’d like to clarify this reason by sharing a little bit about my academic journey, which I am sure a lot of past and present students can relate to.
My Academic Journey
My academic journey is one of persistence, a change in mindset, and perhaps a bit of fortune along the way!
I was pretty much an average performing student who just ‘floated through’ my time in primary and secondary school. However, I was ‘rocked’ by the jump up in difficulty and volume of work in Year 11; a common experience for many students!
During this year, my exam performances yielded some pretty poor results. I received as low as 34% in one subject! It was a huge shock!
However, with hard work and subtle changes in approach, I managed to steadily improve. As simple as it sounds, it didn’t really ‘click’ for me (until this point), I realised I was in charge of my own learning. Subsequently, I made 2 vital changes:
By the end of Year 12, I fortunately had a high enough score to just scrape into my first preference at University, Teaching.
Upon reflection, it seems remarkable that my results actually improved enough to gain entrance into tertiary education. I mean, I only made a couple of changes to my learning and studying routine, not nearly enough to reach my full learning potential.
My conclusion was that after 18 years at school, I was getting pretty darn good at studying, doing assignments & tests! I think anyone would!
Without being aware, I was steadily developing my metacognition skills (understanding how I could learn best) while also developing my attitude, mindset and resilience! And it is of no surprise that the literature highlights these factors as being critical to academic performance!
Although I agree that ‘learning by doing’ was a vital part of my journey, I have no doubt that there could have been a better way… After all, I was pretty fortunate given I just scraped into my first preference at University. Unfortunately, many other students miss out.
Upon reflection, I was pretty ‘reactionary’ in my approach and was unaware of many self-inflicted barriers I created. This was most notable during senior high school.
Specifically, I often held negative ‘defeatist’ attitudes (which I was unaware of at the time), I focussed too much on ‘results’ rather than trying to instil a love for learning, and I had ineffective study habits (I thought re-writing chapters in texts books ‘word for word’ was a great study method)!
This is where I believe MindScholar can assist…
MindScholar empowers students to take control of their full learning potential, in doing so, improve their academic performance and well-being.
Simple, yet very effective.
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